Habitat and Ecology
So far restricted to the central and eastern regions of the Mediterranean basin, appearing between January and April, solitary or in small groups, initially developing below the ground and partially surfacing at maturity, in sunny glades, in lawns, among grasses and herbs or on bare calcareous ground, with or without the presence of a tree nearby, butalso in typically Mediterranean matorral, near Cistus spp., Pinus halepensis, Olea europea and other sclerophyllous vegetation. Its occurrence in treeless environments could be indicative of a saprotrophic lifestyle. Еcological niches in Pezizomycetes have revealed to be incredibly varied, and several Pezizales are now thought to be endophytes or facultative biotrophs, able to switch from a biotrophic ecology associated with living host cells to a saprotrophic mode of nutrition. In N. Macedonia, it occurs in sandy spots along rivers and streams, and also in abandoned farming plots overgrown with herbaceous plants. It emerges in late winter and during springtime.